Episode 098 – Tony’s Back!

Posted by Tony on August 26, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



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Total Running Time: 1:40:17

Un-edited Live session – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6_qyJ_qyHM&feature=share&list=UUyNJoeK7fk61qlVJJK15hvQ

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 15:50
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 20:40
Mary Distro Review
Time: 40:00
Tech News:
Time: 1:00:20
Conference Sceen
Time: 1:20:50
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:31:00
Outtro Music
Time: 1:36:42


Tony Bemus, Mat Enders, and Mary Tomich
Sound bites by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 15:50

Release Candidate:
On Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:12:58 PDT
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.11-rc6
Here is what he had to say about it:

“It’s been a fairly quiet week, and the rc’s are definitely shrinking. Which makes me happy.

Sure, we had an interesting rang handling bug in the TLB invalidation code, but that was an older bug and apparently really hard to hit in practice. That said, it could explain a couple of random SIGSEGV’s etc, so if you’ve seen odd behavior maybe you’ve been hit by it, and 3.11-rc6 will fix it. Knock wood.

Other than that, it’s more random changes: network drivers, usb, sound, and a few filesystem fixes. With x86, ARM and a few small m68k updates. But it’s really been pretty quiet. The appended shortlog gives the details for those who care.

.. and since the statistics on this rc were pretty boring, I started looking at bigger numbers. We’ve now used git for over eight years, and we have almost 400k commits in that time. That’s interesting (to me), because back in the BK days we were approaching the (back then) limit of 65k commits in BK in the three years we used it. So we’ve long since blown through that limit.

And those almost 400 thousand commits? They all fit in a 575MB pack-file (plus a 85MB index file). Now, that’s with more aggressive packing than most people probably do, but I think it’s interesting how the last eight years of very active history ends up having almost exactly the same size as the whole unpacked source tree. In fact, I think that you need more free space for the object files of doing a build than you need for remembering all that history.

I’ll try to remember to do some more interesting/relevant statistics for the rc7 release, because that should coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the original Linux announcement on comp.os.minix.

How time flies when you’re having fun..”
–Linus Torvalds


Stable Updates:
On Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:59:23 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.59
With 38 files changed, 261 lines inserted, and 145 lines deleted

On Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:40:50 -0700 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.93
With 17 files changed, 148 lines inserted, and 21 lines deleted

On Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:44:26 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.10.9
With 2 files changed, 1 lines inserted, and 8 lines deleted

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 20:40


  • 8-19 – Manjaro Linux 0.8.7 RC3 – Arch-based desktop Linux distributions
  • 8-19 – OS4 OpenLinux 13.7
  • 8-19 – LXLE 12.04.3 – LXLE Paradigm goes final with 12.04.3 update.
  • 8-21 – Proxmox 3.1 “Virtual Environment” – Debian-based distribution offering a complete server virtualization management solution based on KVM and containers
  • 8-22 – NetBSD 6.1.1 – the first security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 6.1 release branch
  • 8-22 – Antergos 2013.08.20 – Arch based distribution that previously focused on the Cinnamon desktop but now provides multiple choices on desktop environments.
  • 8-23 – SolydXK 201308 – desktop Linux distribution with Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) based on Debian’s “testing” branch
  • 8-23 – Macpup 550 – Puppy Linux-based distribution featuring a customised Enlightenment 17 desktop
  • 8-23 – Endian Firewall 2.5.2 – a specialist distribution designed for firewalls and routers
  • 8-24 – Ubuntu 12.04.3 – an updated set of live and installation images incorporating all security and bug-fix updates since April 2012
  • 8-24 – Slackel 4.0 “Openbox” – a lightweight Slackware-based distribution featuring the Openbox window manager
  • 8-25 – OpenMediaVault 0.5 – Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution based on Debian GNU/Linux

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Manjaro – 1212
  2. Ubuntu – 1929
  3. Debian – 2041
  4. LXLE – 2303
  5. Mint – 2871

Mary Distro Review

Time: 40:00

Whisker Menu (XFCE) the menu used by one of this week’s distros — SolydXK


Tech News:

Time: 1:00:20

Beam Gets Boost

Most of the employees of Willow Garage, creaters of the Texai technology that powers Suitable Technologies Beam robot, have gone to work directly for Suitable Technologies. The device uses wifi or a 4G LTE connection, that runs on a Linux based system, to allow a remote operator to be “present” via a low latency video conference type connection. The company says the goal is to:

“provide a real, physical sense of presence … that can make professionals in many fields more productive and efficient, while also eliminating travel costs.”

And Another One Bites The Dust

Groklaw started by paralegal Pamela Jones a.k.a. “PJ” on May 16, 2003, as a law blog. They gained notariety with their outstanding coverage of the SCO-Linux lawsuits. This is how Jones described the site:

“a place where lawyers and geeks could explain things to each other and work together, so they’d understand each other’s work better. When you have an idea you hope might work, and then to implement it, tweak it, and morph it, because other people show up and have ideas that are better than yours…and then have people you care about and admire tell you that what you are doing matters – I can’t think of a more satisfying feeling.”

Pamela Jones made the decision on August 20 2013, to shutter the site. This is what she said about it:

“What I do know is it’s not possible to be fully human if you are being surveilled 24/7… I hope that makes it clear why I can’t continue. There is now no shield from forced exposure.”

Some of the members are attempting to set up a discussion board to continue the work of the site.

IRS Revokes X.org’s 501(c)(3)

During an IRC meeting this week of the board of directors Stuart Kreitman wrote:

“The status of the 501c3 is lost because we (me) failed to file the 3 past years’ tax returns on time. Note that we’ve Never filed returns since our first re-organization to the LLC in 2005. I was taken by surprize that the IRS hit us so rudely. I’ve had little issues with my own returns and have always found them to be reasonable and friendly.”

I really have to believe that was sarcasm, or Mr. Kreitman is an idiot. Everyone who has ever been involved with a 501(c)(3) knows you have to file every year or you place you status in jepordy.

They are now looking at options for moving nder a larger organization like SPI, the Apache Foundation, or other free-software-focused organizations. This will return them to non-profit status without all that troubling paperwork they seem so bad at.


Linux Convention Scene – September 2013

2013 High Performance Computing for Wall Street
Time: 1:20:50

September 9, 2013 | Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY
Big Pipes for Big Data. Data Centers, network systems, Low Latency, Virtualization, cost savings, speed, are hard at work in the global financial market

Midwest Information Security & Hacker CON
September 12-13, 2013
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

GrrCON is an information security and hacking conference to provide the Midwest regional information security community with a venue to come together and share ideas, information, solutions, forge relationships, and most importantly engage with like minded people in a fun atmosphere.

Ohio Linux Fest
September 13-15, 2013
Free and Open Software Conference and Expo –
Columbus, Ohio –

The eleventh annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software

LinuxCon North America 2013
September 16 – 18, 2013 ·
Hyatt New Orleans

LinuxCon is the only event covering all matters Linux – offering collaboration and education for everyone in the ecosystem from developers and maintainers to sys admins and architects to business executives and community members.

September 16 – 18 2013
Hyatt New Orleans LA

CloudOpen is the only conference offering collaboration and education for all matters of open source cloud, from OpenStack to KVM to Xen, Hadoop, Gluster and more.

Linux Plumbers Conference
September 18-20, 2013
Hyatt Regency
New Orleans LA

The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a developer conference for the open source community. The LPC brings together the top developers working on the “plumbing” of Linux — kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, etc. — and gives them three days to work together on core design problems. The conference is divided into several working sessions focusing on different “plumbing” topics, as well as a general paper track.

LibreOffice Conference
Milano State University
Milano (Italy), September 25-27, 2013

The LibreOffice Conference is the annual gathering of the worldwide LibreOffice Community and interested developers, marketers, adopters, end-users, and supporters. In 2013, Milano (Italy) will be the host of this important event.

X.Org Developer’s Conference 2013
23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2013
University Place Hotel & Conference Center
Portland, OR


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